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ahead this hour. >>> but we start tonight in the fall of 2008 when president obama was first elected. he was elected on november 4th, 2008. and after the partisan combat of that election faded quickly and the country absorbed that this was going to be our new president of the united states, the approval ratings for barack obama soared. his approval rates went to 79%. by inauguration day, 2009, nearly two million people would turn out on the national mall to see him sworn in. it was a heady, heady time whether or not you had voted for him. but of course that was not true for everybody. election day was november 4th. november 10th, so six days later, not even a week later, there was one republican congressman from georgia who was already denouncing the president-elect as both a marxist and a nazi. if you think about it, it's kind of a hard thing to pull off simultaneously, right? a marxist and a nazi? look at the time stamp here. november 10th, 2008. congressman paul broun of georgia telling the associated press already at that point that he, quote, fears that president-elect obama will es
have president obama's back. he has given us everything we asked for, a really bold plan. he has taken his message to the public. progressives will show him we will get his back on this fight and creates an incentive system where he is bold on every single fight. we're going to be there getting his back every step of the way. >> adam green, thank you so much. that's "the ed show" show. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. >> good evening. and thanks to you at home for joining us this hour, where we have breaking news. breaking news about a story we have been covering in detail all this week, and frankly, for a lot longer than that. tonight for the first time, more than a year after its existence was first leaked to "the new york times" after rejecting multiple freedom of information act requests, which eventually became lawsuits demanding its release, after more than a year of refusing to officially either confirm or deny its existence, tonight the president of the united states has ordered release to congress his administration's legal reasoning for why the administration believ
the administration believes president obama has the power to order the killing of americans in counterterrorism strikes around the world. look at this. ever since anybody knew such a document existed, this is how the administration has been coping with requests to see this document. this is a letter from the justice department telling the aclu that they neither confirm nor deny the existence of the documents described in your request. quote, the fact -- excuse me -- the very fact of the existence or nonexistence of such diagnostics is itself classified. that's what they've been saying for more than a year. but now as of tonight, the administration admitted that that legal reasoning memo exists. the associated press first breaking the news late tonight. nbc news confirming it. the president has directed the justice department to give the memo to the intelligence committees in congress. it is the first time that this will have been seen outside the administration itself. now, the administration has openly in speeches and in public comments asserted that it believes it is acting within the law whe
for joining us this hour. ought to be more exciting than usual. let's see. president obama's state of the union address last night lasted almost exactly 60 minutes, with not quite 7,000 words. it was a little longer than average in terms of word count. the speech was interrupted 83 times for applause, according to a tally by the national journal. there was no notable disruption in the audience this year, no moment like a republican congressman yelling "you lie" the way congressman joe wilson did during the joint address to congress back in 2009 there was no moment like a supreme court justice muttering a rebuttal to the president from the rows up front the way justice samuel alito did in 2010. there was one moment of the speech, though, last night where you heard something from the room. you heard a gasp from the room in response to something that the president said. >> we should follow the example of the north miami woman named desiline victor. when desiline arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. as time ticked by, her concern was not with
on getting the george polk award. the 47%, that tape, your story arguably turned the tide for the obama team in the 2012 election. congratulations. and great work on this as well. thank you. >> thank you so much, ed. >> you bet. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. rachel maddow starts right now. raching, tremendous job last night. >> thank you, ed. thank you for being so effusive about it. but also for focusing so much on issues at the heart of it. you've been really, really kind. >> well, it was jaw-dropping. >> yeah. >> you know, you almost feel guilty living through that period. but there were voices on the left, only 23 in the senate that came up with a very courageous vote. i hope it's a lesson to america for generations to come. great work, my friend. >> thank you. i really appreciate it, ed. thanks a lot. and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. as ed mentioned,last night we did air this new msnbc documentary on why the iraq war happened. it has sparked a lot of discussion, particularly the new reporting in the film. we've had a lot of feedback on it. i'm rea
obama. republicans in the senate decided to do something unprecedented to him. and to thereby set an entirely new precedent for how the presidency itself is treated in our country. when they said today that even though they could not muster a majority of votes on their side, they would maneuver anyway as a minority to block president barack obama from appointing his chosen secretary of defense. this has never happened before to anyone ever. i mean, we have had cabinet nominees not make it through the senate confirmation process before. people who could not win over a majority of the senate. so they did not get confirmed. we've had that happen. we've had plenty of people pull their name from contention when it became clear that they couldn't win a majority vote, that they could not win confirmation in the senate. but president obama's nominee for defense secretary, chuck hagel, he does have majority support in the senate. what happened today is that a minority of that body, the republicans, decided that they were going to block him anyway. never happened before. they filibustered a
. here is mccain's remark on president obama. listen to this. >> so far the group of us that has been working on it have not had any problem from the white house. and we believe that there is a good, strong possibility that we come up with a plan and a proposal that most americans would support. >> well, most americans aren't most republicans. and this is going to be the problem. a path to citizenship is viewed by the republican and the right wing who get in and mix all this stuff up, the caucus that boehner of course can't control and mitch mcconnell for that matter, they're against a path to citizenship. so how is this going to play out? >> i think that's why one of the reasons why the president's proposal was actually finally put on paper and leaked, actually put a stake in the ground. now, if we don't have a path to citizenship, let's have an honest conversation with americans, basically saying by not having a path to citizenship, we're creating 11 million folks that are living in this country that basically all of the sudden become stateless. we don't want that. we don't want two
election to president obama and lost badly, and republicans lost in the house and the senate too, nobody thought that mitt romney was the head of the republican party anymore. but then who was? that was 3 1/2 months ago. who is the head of the republican party now? who is in contention to even be taken seriously for that role? who is in a position to be listen with by respect to other conservatives and republicans when he or she speaks from that side of the aisle right now? i mean, consider the landscape of what is going on right now. republicans still decided this year that they would split their state of the union response between the official republican response and the tea party republican response. both even just in terms of the staging were a little bit of a mess. what are you looking at, rand paul? beyond marco rubio and rand paul, the other new tea party republican senator ted cruz is busy being pilloried by john mccain and other members of his own party for the way he has comported himself in his first few days in the senate. republicans, republicans are telling reporters that t
? how should the obama administration respond to this? you just saw jay carney. he's been peppered with this a number of times. >> well, frankly, i think they're trying to do a better job than has been done with some previous administrations, republican and democrat for that matter. the key thing is to get on it in a hurry. don't wait. there's a deadline every nanosecond today. so he who waits is lost. if you wait and let the perpetrators of these lies and these frauds ever get a foothold on the internet, you then get into the feedback loop that goes television to newspapers. if you get behind on that, you're lost. >> do you feel the consumer's smart enough to figure this stuff out? >> i have great confidence in the american public and consumers and listeners. that's been my whole experience in television. however, i think they need to be informed of just how widespread this is because there is a residue of people who say, listen, it was in the newspaper, it must be true, or it was on television, it must be true. >> yeah. unfortunately, we're out of time. but i do want to say the d
for her vote in favor of president obama's stimulus plan. abc news interviewed patricia meche very shortly after the shooting. very shortly after the shooting. and here's how she explained that day, what she did. >> i was not able to reach the g gun, gu he was pulling a magazine out of his pants pocket with his left hand, and i was able to grab the magazine because somebody said when he pulled that out, they said "get the magazine." so i got the magazine and was able to secure that. >> the magazine that she's talking about in this particular shooting is this type, the big long type there that you can see sticking out of the butt of the handgun. a standard magazine for a gun like this would not hang out from the bottom of the gun like that. but the one the shooter was using in the tucson massacre had 33 bullets in it. and he expended all of those bullets. he fired all of those bullets, and the gun was therefore empty when he had to stop shooting. had he been able to take the empty magazine out and replace it with the full one that he was presumably pulling out of his pants pocket when patri
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